Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I Wield an Interpretive Chainsaw on Arthuriana

Be warned: shameless self-promotion follows.

My article "A Chainsaw-Wielding Yankee in King Arthur's Demonic Court" appears in the latest Coyote Wild (edited by none other than MacAllister Stone). It's a light piece written for popular audiences, so you don't have to be a professional medievalist to understand it.

It's basically about Army of Darkness as Arthuriana. Cool, huh? If you've never seen Army of Darkness, consider this quote from Ash, the protagonist:
Ok you Primitive Screwheads, listen up! You see this? This... is my boomstick! The 12-gauge double-barreled Remington. S-Mart's top of the line. You can find this in the sporting goods department. That's right, this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Retails for about $109.95. It's got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel, and a hair trigger. That's right. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. You got that?

I live my life according the teachings of Ash.

At the end of the piece, Mac Stone refers to me as an "Indiana-Jones(tm)-esque Academic," leading me to think I need to get a bullwhip ... or at least a new hat.


  1. Yeah, but my computer talks like Ash! This includes saying "Gimme some sugar, baby" when it starts up and "Shop Smart, shop S-Mart!" when it shuts down.

    Are you coming to PCA this year?

  2. Fun essay! I'm always pleased by scholars who can make the leap between disciplines and periods (well, I would be, eh?).

    N.B. Evil Dead II is not a sequel to but a remake of Evil Dead. You may know that already, but the way your discussion is worded, it implies the former.

  3. Kate,

    Nope, PCA is faaaaar away this year, and...

    Whaddya mean it's a "remake?" It isn't ... it's part of Raimi's planned sequel.

    Now, the first Evil Dead was a remake of Raimi's "Within the Woods" which, if I remember right, was the version Raimi made for some film class to raise money for the actualy film or something like that. I've never seen it, but I've heard it's a short rather than feature-length.

    I read somewhere (and now I'm really stretching) that Bruce Campbell gets his hand cut off in "Within the Woods," so maybe Evil Dead II is technically the remake of WiW?